Request for Expression of Interest
WWF- GEF Compliant Project Design and Documentation for the
“Manas Integrated River Basin Management Project (M-IRBM)”
The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is requesting Expressions of Interest from consultancy teams (or groups of individual consultants) to lead the project development and documentation process for the WWF GEF project “Manas Integrated River Basin Management Project (M-IRBM).”
The 4-year GEF-funded full-sized project “Manas Integrated River Basin Management Project (M-IRBM)” (GEF PMIS 10033) was approved by the GEF Council in June 2018. The project’s objective is to enhance resilience to climate change and sustainability of ecosystems services in the glacier-fed India-Bhutan transboundary Manas River Basin, through improved transboundary cooperation to facilitate integrated ecosystem-based river basin management.
The project is being led by India and Bhutan, with WWF as the GEF Project Agency. The project has four components: (1) Strengthening institutional frameworks for improved India-Bhutan cooperation and future strategic Integrated Management of the Manas River Basin; (2) Improved basin scale information and knowledge sharing for better decision making in ecosystem-based management and risk reduction; (3) Field demonstrations to test innovative resilience solutions on the ground and possible mechanisms for up-scaling in glacial basins; (4) Knowledge management and effective project Monitoring and Evaluation.
A team including at least a lead consultant and national consultants to lead the development and associated project documents for the WWF GEF project “Manas Integrated River Basin Management (M-IRBM)”, working closely with government partners, the WWF India and Bhutan offices, WWF GEF Agency, any additional consultants (e.g. safeguards) and other key stakeholders. The Consultancy team will be responsible for developing a comprehensive project design in support of government priorities and in accordance with WWF and GEF standards. The team should consist of a lead consultant with international and regional experience developing GEF projects, preferably in International Waters Focal Area, and national consultant(s) in India and Bhutan with technical backgrounds in freshwater and experience in national to local level stakeholder consultation for project development. Experience in mainstreaming gender responsiveness into project design (including consultation approach, activities, budget) is desired within the consultancy team, either within the aforementioned roles or as an additional team member.
The Consultancy team will ensure timely delivery of the full WWF GEF Project Document package, including: the WWF GEF Project Document (ProDoc), GEF Request for CEO Endorsement document, Letters of Co-financing, and other requested materials as mutually agreed amongst WWF and government, and in the project development workplan.
Anticipated start date would be mid to late October 2018. All final project documents will be due to the WWF GEF Agency by no later than December 1st, 2019.
Home based with travel to India and Bhutan.
Qualifications and Experience
Required experience and expertise of the consultancy team:
Detailed Deliverables, Logistics, and Collaboration and Supervision will be determined upon selection of the final candidate.
Interested consultants (as team or individually) are invited to submit expressions of interest to Heike Lingertat (Heike.Lingertat@wwfus.org) by October 12, 2018. Documentation should include:
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